Prepare for Conversations (March):
Ann, the student featured in our March 2018 Impact Report, had a fascinating interaction at her JFA-style outreach event in Japan about the word “human” in Japanese. Read Ann’s re-telling of the story in Joanna Bai’s blog post, “Are We Talking About the Same Thing?” and prepare yourself to be a good listener in your conversations about when human beings begin. Ann’s story is a great reminder of how two people, whether they are speaking two different languages or they are both speaking English, may misunderstand each other. It is easy to assume we all mean the same thing by a word, especially if we’re speaking the same language; but, in truth, we have to work nearly as hard to understand another English speaker as Ann did to understand her friend speaking Japanese!